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Retro-commission your lab building for energy savings

April 15, 2015 4:33 pm | by John D. Villani, PE, LEED AP, QCxP, CEM, GBE, and Dan Doyle, PE, LEED AP O+M, Grumman/Butkus Associates | Articles | Comments

A well-designed lab facility will deliver a powerful combination of safety, functionality, efficiency and responsible use of resources. Most owners strive to achieve these goals in any new lab project or major renovation or addition. Performance can be documented by commissioning: third-party testing of the facility’s major mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems before a new or renovated project is turned over to the owner.

Pros and cons of fast-track project delivery

April 15, 2015 2:41 pm | by Steve Gurtel, Senior Project Manager, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. and Stephen Palumbo, AIA, LEED AP (BD+C), Tsoi/Kobus & Associates | Articles | Comments

When done right, fast-track construction delivery methods can bring enormous benefits to the...

Seven reasons to attend the Lab Design Conference

February 25, 2015 9:35 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | News | Comments

The 2015 Laboratory Design Conference is open for registration. Your opportunity to learn,...

Commissioning for the greater building good

February 23, 2015 9:23 am | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Articles | Comments

A buzzword thrown around in lab design is commissioning. But truly how important is this process...

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Architecture Billings Index rebounds to end 2014 on solid footing

January 21, 2015 12:32 pm | News | Comments

There were 10 out of 12 months of increasing demand for design services in 2014, and the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) points to a healthy outlook for the nonresidential construction industry. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to 12 month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending.

The three “Cs” of overcoming accelerated project timelines

January 13, 2015 10:36 am | by David Bendet, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal and Andrew Russell, LEED AP, Technical Designer, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

It’s not unusual for architects and developers to be faced with tight time constraints, but occasionally the timeframe goes beyond tight. Completing a project on an extremely accelerated schedule presents many challenges, all of which can be daunting even to highly experienced teams.

How to choose a lab programming/design consultant

December 15, 2014 1:01 pm | by Erik Mollo-Christensen, AIA, Principal | Articles | Comments

Most architects who design labs have considerable experience and knowledge, but some projects have special needs or functions, or require that a program be fully defined before an architect is engaged. There are also an increasing number of projects for which an organization wants a “signature” architect for the sake of marketability and institutional recognition, but these well-known architects aren’t necessarily experienced in lab design.

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Flexible design: From startups to big pharma

December 8, 2014 3:01 pm | by Robert Skolozdra, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, Svigals + Partners | Articles | Comments

Trend watchers note flexibility has become the new buzzword for research-bay design. At the same time, there’s a great deal of confusion as to what flexibility means. Among some client groups, the term mistakenly refers to lab space that can be setup within a commercial office building lacking the infrastructure typically needed for vent hoods, cleanrooms and the like.

Abstracts highlight lab sustainability conference

December 8, 2014 2:25 pm | by Phil Wirdzek, President, Executive Direction, I2SL | Articles | Comments

The 2014 I2SL Annual Conference was the 16th consecutive lab sustainability conference for high-tech facility engineers, architects, planners, developers, operators and owners. Formerly known as the Labs21 Annual Conference, the 2014 I2SL Annual Conference showcased the significant accomplishments and experiences of the high-tech facility industry by offering a variety of parallel technical tracks and symposia.

A zero-net-energy teaching lab

December 8, 2014 1:31 pm | by Jacob Knowles, Director of Sustainable Design, Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers LLC and James Moses, AIA, LEED AP, Director, Sasaki Associates | Articles | Comments

The 50,000-sf New Technology and Learning Center (NTLC) for Bristol Community College (BCC) in Fall River, Mass., brings together currently disparate programs from across campus, including chemistry, biology and medical and dental education. It holds an energy-dense program, including 22 fume hoods, high plug loads and specific ventilation and lighting requirements.

Modifying energy auditors’ behavior to align with facility owner’s needs

December 8, 2014 12:07 pm | by Tabitha L. Sprau Coulter, PhD, Assistant Professor, Alfred State SUNY College of Technology | Articles | Comments

When making the decision to invest in a building retrofit, an energy audit is performed to collect information about the facility’s existing systems, geometry, use type and energy consumption. Through performing an energy audit, the facility owner and those individuals analyzing the building are able to sense how the building systems are performing, while identifying potential retrofit upgrades.

BIM offers university tools and capabilities that support their O&Ms and facilities management

December 8, 2014 11:58 am | by Matt Meyer, Senior Project Manager, JE Dunn Construction | Articles | Comments

The objective of this presentation is to demonstrate how BIM, created for a university research lab facility, can be successfully leveraged by an owner beyond initial building construction. Through the example of the new Univ. of Colorado at Boulder’s Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building, we will illustrate how the university and facilities management staff played an integral part of the construction BIM coordination process.

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The importance of BIM and efficient lab systems at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building and Skourtes Tower

December 8, 2014 11:50 am | by John McMichael, Interface Engineering and Wade Snyder, JE Dunn Construction | Articles | Comments

School is truly back in at Oregon Health & Science Univ. (OHSU)’s recently completed Collaborative Life Sciences Building. The building, along with Skourtes Tower, is the result of a joint venture between Portland State Univ., Oregon State Univ. and Oregon Health & Science Univ., and is designed to foster collaboration among students and instructors from the multiple institutions.

Windover Construction wins multiple achievement awards

December 5, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

Windover Construction has received multiple awards recognizing their work, including the Excellence in Construction Award from the Massachusetts Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and two PRISM Awards from the Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB).

Ware Malcomb breaks ground on new StemCyte facility

December 5, 2014 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Ware Malcomb announced construction has begun on a new 48,000-sf facility for StemCyte, a specialized provider of umbilical cord blood collection, processing and storage. Ware Malcomb provided interior and architecture design services for the company’s relocation and tenant improvement of the facility located at 13800 Live Oak Avenue in Baldwin Park, Calif.

AECOM completes acquisition of URS Corp.

December 5, 2014 12:33 pm | News | Comments

AECOM announced the company has completed its acquisition of URS Corp. The acquisition further diversifies and broadens AECOM’s market presence, as URS brings strong sector expertise in important markets, including oil and gas, power and government services.

Design and construction trends in lab safety, resiliency

December 1, 2014 12:12 pm | by William R. Brody, VP, B.R. Fries & Associates and Christopher Zelisko, Senior Associate, Jack L. Gordon Architects | Articles | Comments

With recent trends in global climate change linked to severe weather incidents, and with the threats of Ebola and other potentially life-threatening challenges on the horizon, today’s lab facilities are being reconsidered, re-evaluated and, in many cases, redesigned and renovated to meet these challenges. Part of the challenge is to accommodate issues endemic to the research work underway.

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A face lift for aeronautics and technology facility

December 1, 2014 9:30 am | by Peter Wilk, Wilk Marketing Communications | Articles | Comments

The leadership, faculty and students of the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology and the project team of Ensign Engineering, Stalco Construction and John Ciardullo Associates celebrated the completion of a multi-phase expansion, renovation and sound abatement project at the College’s main campus in Flushing, N.Y.

Sustainable BIM

November 25, 2014 3:17 pm | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Building information modeling (BIM), now a standard tool throughout most architecture sectors, is critical for complex building types like healthcare and lab projects. Clients are finding great use for these models in facilities maintenance and long-term campus facilities planning. Owners also see great benefit with BIM, as many are interested in the long-term maintenance and scheduling abilities it offers.

Academic building aims at LEED Gold

November 13, 2014 12:37 pm | by Roger P. Smith, AIA, LEED AP, Joseph B. Rettig, AIA, LEED AP and Tracy Hansen, RA, BBS Architects | Articles | Comments

Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) leadership, local and state elected officials, community leaders and representatives of BBS Architects, Landscape Architects and Engineers and J. Petrocelli Contracting have officially opened the new, $29.8-million William J. Lindsay Life Sciences Building. The structure is aiming at LEED Gold certification.

Mobile design station and teaching wall

October 20, 2014 11:52 am | by Diana D. Glawe, PhD, PE, LEED AP | Articles | Comments

A versatile, robust and mobile design station can be economically constructed by integrating off-the-shelf components with a clever custom framework. Ten such design stations are performing wonderfully in the new Center for the Sciences and Innovation at Trinity Univ. Each unit supports the engineering design process from brainstorming and prototype design through construction and testing.

Optimizing lab design for rapidly evolving science

October 9, 2014 2:05 pm | by Richard L. Kobus, FAIA, FACHA, Senior Principal and Stephen Palumbo, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates | Articles | Comments

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), based in Bar Harbor, Maine, operates at the forefront of genomic research. Tsoi/Kobus & Associates (TK&A)’s challenge as co-designer of The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JAX GM) in Farmington, Conn., was to ensure that the research environment can respond quickly to shifts in research focus that are necessary to support these advances in personalized medicine.

You need to move in when?

October 9, 2014 12:43 pm | by Cathryn E. Horan, AIA, LEED AP, PhiloWilke Partnership | Articles | Comments

Research labs by their nature are complex. They involve careful and time-consuming consideration throughout planning, design and construction to ensure spaces meet quality and testing requirements, and are flexible enough to meet the demands of various users without enduring the costs of repeated renovations.

Structuring success in the science and research market

October 9, 2014 11:26 am | by Derek Johnson, LEED AP, and Bill Harris, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Perkins+Will | Articles | Comments

An emerging trend in delivering science and research buildings is “developer-led, build-to-suit construction” leased back to the corporate or institutional tenant. While offering many attractive features, this delivery model inevitably creates tension around design, schedule, budget and cost allocations between the core/shell (C/S) and tenant improvement (TI) projects.

AECOM acquires Hunt Construction Group

October 8, 2014 4:03 pm | News | Comments

AECOM has acquired Hunt Construction Group, adding to AECOM’s construction services business. Hunt Construction Group, which serves clients in both the public and private sectors, is one of the country’s leading commercial construction management firms.

Windover Construction announces new headquarters

October 8, 2014 3:59 pm | News | Comments

Windover Construction has announced its recent move from Manchester-by-the-Sea to their new headquarters in Beverly, Mass. This new location accommodates the company’s growth and provides an open, welcoming environment that further promotes collaboration between employees, partners and clients.

How collaboration increases performance and reduces cost

October 6, 2014 1:15 pm | by James Crispino, Francis Cauffmann | Articles | Comments

The Cord Blood Center (CBC) at State Univ. of New York’s Upstate Medical Univ. is a small but highly specialized lab facility for stem cell research. It’s one of only a handful of similar facilities in the U.S. built exclusively as a cord blood lab. The building was financed by a $15 million grant from the State of New York that covered its design, construction and fit-out, including costly and sophisticated equipment.

Meeting sustainability goals in an energy-charged world

October 6, 2014 11:58 am | by Kathryn Tyson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C | Articles | Comments

Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) kicked off its new building project design on July 10, 2009, with a goal setting session. What resulted was a group of over 200 “stakeholders” in true Madison, Wisc., fashion, who realized their chance to be heard and address their goals for the WEI.

Virtual reality for lab design

September 9, 2014 11:11 am | by Chuck Yocum | Articles | Comments

By using a sophisticated 3-D virtual reality (3DVR) visualization program and inputting BIM project data, lab designers can illustrate, in photo-realistic details, the design elements of a project to their clients. These sophisticated programs enable viewers to "see" and “walk through” the lab of the intended final design using a high-definition (HD) headset and motion trackers.

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